It has been a tough week for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the man in charge of handling the coronavirus pandemic.
After The Washington Post published a trove of Fauci’s emails on Wednesday Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who accused him of perjury, was one of the first to lace into him.
The accusation comes after a raft of Fauci’s emails were released suggesting the expert had lied to the Senate about what virus research was being carried out by China in the lab in Wuhan.
The messages also reveal that virus experts were warning Fauci that coronavirus may have been created in the lab – a notion Fauci publicly dismissed.
Fauci even received a message from the president of a non-profit organization thanking him for publicly disputing the lab leak theory.
The EcoHealth Alliance used its grant from the National Institutes of Health to study coronaviruses in Chinese bats and sent the Wuhan lab nearly $600,000 over the course of five years, beginning in 2014.
“In retrospect that looks a lot like perjury,” Carlson said, in reference to testimony Fauci gave to Sen. Rand Paul when he denied that any funds were given to the Wuhan lab for “gain of function research.”
“We do know that starting early last year, a lot of people in the NIH were worried that Covid had not occurred naturally – that it had been manipulated in a lab in China – and yet they seem determined to hide that fact from the public,” he said.
Carlson also accused Fauci of lying when he said last year that the coronavirus had originated from bats.
“At that point, he could not have known that. That was dishonest,” he said.
Fauci was confronted with his emails on Wednesday, and he ducked and dodged the questions like an expert dancer and got testy with the interviewer.
He appeared on The Donlon Report on NewsNation, which was hosted by Leland Vittert, who had just recently ended his tenure at Fox News.
“Other than taking the Chinese word for it, do we have any idea on what’s going on inside the Wuhan lab or what went on inside the Wuhan lab?” Vittert said to Fauci.
Fauci said “it is a complicated issue,” but he did not explicitly explain his reasoning for protecting the nation’s PPE supplies.
VITTERT: “Dunford said Thursday that the Chinese typically require companies doing business in China” — that not even talking about scientists.
FAUCI: Right, yeah.
VITTERT: Where it’s talking about businesses, which is lower than even Chinese government scientists, to have members of the ruling Communist Party in that company, a requirement that will allow the Chinese military access to the company’s intellectual property. It’s a distinction without a difference between the Chinese Communist Party, the government and the Chinese military.” And I guess from hearing from you is we should just trust the Chinese when they say—
VITTERT: — oh, the military has nothing to do with this. We should believe them.
FAUCI: No. What I’m — what I’m saying is that we have very many years of experience of productive interaction with Chinese scientists. For example, Dr. George Gal who’s the director of the Chinese CDC, has been a colleague for many years. He’s a member of the United States national academy of sciences. Number one, number two, the science is there and others that we dealt with — with the original SARS, with the influenza virtually every year. The scientists are experienced with them.
His tough week was capped off with Amazon and Barnes & Noble apparently removing a forthcoming book by Fauci, The Daily Mail reported.
“The book was prematurely posted for pre-sale, which is why it was taken down,” National Geographic Books said to The Daily Mail.
“The book was developed by National Geographic Books in connection with an upcoming National Geographic Documentary Film about Dr. Fauci. He will not earn any royalties from its publication,” the company said.